By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

In this week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we are sharing several maps that display jobs details for the St. Louis region. The data used to create these maps comes from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) dataset. This dataset provides census block level details on employee place of residence and place of employment. The maps below focus on workplace characteristics only from 2003, 2009 and 2013.

The first map shows total jobs by census tract in 2003. There seems to be three jobs ‘hotspots’ from this year: Downtown, Westport, and Earth City. In general, it seems there were quite a few jobs concentrated along I-64 extending from the Mississippi to the Missouri River in 2003.

Jobs by Tract 03

Total Jobs by Tract 2003

The next map, represents the same data (2003 total jobs by tract) in 3D. In this representation, 2003’s three job hotspots pop out of the map. Also visible from this map are large concentrations of jobs near I-44 and I-270, in the Olivette area near Olive and I-170, and in the area near Lambert Airport.

3D Jobs by Tract 03

Total Jobs by Tract 2003

The next map shows jobs by tract as of 2009. The scale on this map has shifted down somewhat, but it seems that a larger relative concentration of jobs has appeared in the area that we now refer to as the central corridor. Additionally, there appears to be relatively more jobs concentrated along I-270.

Jobs by Tract 09

Total Jobs by Tract 2009

3D Jobs by Tract 09

Total Jobs by Tract 2009

The final two maps, visualize St. Louis jobs in 2013. In this map, the only area that fits the top range category (25,670-37,837 jobs) is Downtown. Other areas of high job concentration include Earth City, Westport, the Olivette area, Clayton, the Central West End, and around the intersection of I-64 and I-270.

Jobs by Tract 13

Total Jobs by Tract 2013

3D Jobs by Tract 13

Total Jobs by Tract 2013

If you have a map that would be of interest to our readers, please let us know in an email to cbn@umsl.edu. To see maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here.